Producers representing a Scott Ellis-directed revival of the N. Richard Nash drama The Rainmaker are is discussions with Woody Harrelson to play the lead role of Starbuck. If Harrelson, or a leading man of similar stature can be secured, the production could be headed for the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway this fall, confirmed a source close to the negotiations.
The play tells the story of Lizzie Curry, a spinster living in a town hit by drought, and Starbuck, a handsome stranger and "rainmaker" who drifts into town and changes her life. Jayne Atkinson would play Lizzie.
Atkinson essayed the role last summer, where Ellis first staged the play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Chris Meloni played Starbuck in that mounting, with David Aaron Baker co-starring as Lizzie's brother, Jim.
Harrelson is known primarily for his extensive television ("Cheers") and film work ("Natural Born Killers," "Money Train," "The People Vs. Larry Flynt," "White Men Can't Jump"). Ellis has directed musical and play revivals such as Company, 1776 and Picnic.
The Roundabout Theatre Company would produce The Rainmaker.